BRC BLUE MOUNTAINS TRIP 2017

Blue Mountains 2017

2017 culminated for the Brisbane Rockclimbing Club with an 8 day trip to the Blue Mountains (‘the Blueys’), in NSW. With over 3000 climbs across 50+ crags, the greatest problem with climbing at the Blueys is having enough time to climb everything that you want to try!

There was certainly no shortage of exceptional climbing on this trip and, with the weather turning on some beautiful days throughout our stay, there were very few rest days happening! With an ample array of trad, sport and multipitch climbing across a huge variety of grades, there was certainly something for everything on the Blueys trip!

From the variety of Mt York and Shipley Upper to the cruisy options at Bardens Lookout and the Soft Parade – and let’s not forget the memorable multipitches – the BRC certainly made the most of their time in the Blue Mountains!

Some of the multi-pitch highlights were ‘Bunny Bucket Buttress‘ (270m, 8 pitches, grade 18), ‘Sweet Dreams’ (120m, 6 pitches, grade 14) and, ‘Hotel California’ (350m, 10 pitches, grade 22). There were too many great climbs to mention, including some pumpy roof climbing that really put our climbers to the test. Thankfully there were some triumphant moments as climbers conquered their personal projects and also delivered some fantastic onsites at very respectable grades!

The Blue Mountains is abundant with amazing views and locations and although exposure was certainly a prominent feature at many of the more lofty locations, there were also some beautiful crags which offered less confronting surrounds.

New Year’s Eve was celebrated with a communal BBQ and some rock climbing trivia which tested everyone’s knowledge and skills! And the New Year’s Day tradition of climbing at Dam Cliffs was continued with some sublime sendage – including a procession of climbers on ‘Wet Feet’, a traverse above water which is impressive to watch and challenging to master (especially when all eyes are on you!)

All in all, the Blue Mountains turned on beautiful weather and some amazing locations which delighted all who attended. There were plenty of beautiful moments to be celebrated, but definitely enough challenges to bring us back again in the future!

BRC ARAPILES TRIP 2017

Arapiles 2017

Arapiles lived up to its reputation as Australia’s premier climbing destination when BRC headed to the well-known crag in north-west Victoria for two weeks of climbing in September/October.

Described as “the most loved and known, easily accessible quality crag in the land” (https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/australia/arapiles), Arapiles is mostly a trad climbing destination.

With over 2000 climbs within close proximity, Arapiles provided Club members with an abundance of beautiful routes, long lines and big jugs! Some of the favourite aspects of climbing at this destination were the great exposure, fantastic protection and wonderful company.

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BRC MT COOROORA TRIP 2017

Mt Cooroora 2017

On Sunday, 13 August 2017, the BRC visited Mt Cooroora, Pomona. One of BRC’s own Club members has been devoting his time and energy to bolting climbs at this crag, and it was a treat for BRC to be able to enjoy his climbs with guidance from the route setter himself.

With the BRC group the only climbers at Mt Cooroora on the day, it was nice for the Club to have free reign over the crag, which offers a wide range of single and multi-pitch climbs.

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BRC REDCLIFFS TRIP 2017

Redcliffs 2017

Redcliffs was the host of a BRC day trip on Sunday, 16 July 2017. Redcliffs is a “sandstone cliff hidden in the bush at the foothills of Toowoomba.” (www.thecrag.com)

BRC climbers were lucky enough to be accompanied on the trip by local legend Phil Box, who is responsible for much of the development of climbing in this area.

Although the grading was a bit stiff, those who attended enjoyed a wide range of mixed, trad and sport grades. A few BRC members even had the privilege of experiencing a trad route that is yet to be named. It has been declared as one of the favourites of the trip and has been described as having “a beautiful start and a really dirty and ugly finish, but .. totally worth it.”

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BRC URBENVILLE TRIP 2017

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On the weekend of 27 and 28 May 2017, the Brisbane Rockclimbing Club ascended upon Urbenville for a weekend of climbing, camping and camaraderie!

Urbenville is 150 km south of Brisbane via Beaudesert and, although it lies in rural NSW, it is close enough that Queensland climbers consider it one of our own. The group stayed at Tooloom Falls and enjoyed the basic free facilities and the ability to gather around a campfire at night.

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